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About Zahraa McDonald

Zahraa McDonald is an Associate Professor focused on the intersection between education, Islam and citizenship. Subsequent to her PhD which examined the intersection of Islamic education and post-secular citizenship she completed post-doctoral fellowships at Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and University of Johannesburg.


  • PhD, University of Johannesburg, 2013
  • Master of Arts / MA, University of Johannesburg, 2005


Selected publications:

McDonald, Z. 2023. Moving from a Madrasa Situation to the Process of Doctrinal development. An Explication of the Extended Case Method in the Study of Islam, in A. Aghdassi & A.W. Hughes (eds) New Methodological Perspectives in Islamic Studies. Leiden: Brill

McDonald, Z. 2023. Women generating, reproducing and disseminating texts in a Deobandi madrasa in South Africa. 79(1)

McDonald, Z. 2016. The Religious Dimension of Constituting Bodily Images among Youth: A Matter of Doctrine at Madrasa Warda. In J-G. A. Goulet (ed), Religion Transforming Societies and Social Lives. Santa Barbara: Praeger ISBN 978-1-44-083331-1

McDonald, Z. 2015. Expressing Post-Secular Citizenship: A Madrasa, an Ethic and a Comprehensive Doctrine. Oxford: Peter Lang. ISBN10  3034317999

McDonald, Z. 2015. The Classroom, an inadequate mechanism for advancing diversity via Religion Education in the South African Context. Journal for the Study of Religion, 28(2):202-219.

McDonald, Z. 2014. Religious Freedom Within a Liberal Constitution: An Overview of Muslim Personal Law in South Africa. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies. DOI:10.1080/02589346.2014.905254

McDonald, Z. 2012. Negotiating Educational Choices Retreat, Limited Inclusion and Morality in a Private Muslim Girl’s School in Johannesburg. In Uys, T & Patel, S, Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship: Contested Transitions in South Africa and India. Pp 505-525. ISBN 9788125047780